Summer Gardening 41 Ideabooks

Anticipation for the summer gardening season peaks in June. Seeds have been sown, edibles started and watering schedules adjusted. Gardeners across the U.S. are now enjoying their spring efforts and making sure that their gardens thrive and perform throughout summer's long days and warm nights. Start an outdoor...
Enjoy Your Summer Garden — Here's What to Do in July
It's hot outside, and in the midst of planning your Fourth of July barbecue and prepping the pool for months of heavy use, remember that your plants are also waiting for a cool summer drink. Water, prune, feed and plant; before you know it fall will be...
Keep Your Cool in the Garden — Here's What to Do in August
There is much to be done and enjoyed in the August garden. Butterflies abound, while the magenta, burgundy and orange hues of late-summer bloomers foreshadow fall colors. Give your containers and summer edibles some love by keeping them appropriately...
How to Grow Your Own Sweet Summer Crops
Summer is the height of gardening season. Farmer's markets and roadside stands are filled with fresh produce, while home gardens are at the peak of production. It’s a time when eating fresh and healthy is easy and enticing. To reach this stage,...
10 Expert Tips for Growing Edibles in Containers
Most edibles do well in containers, and in some cases even prefer them. For gardeners with poor soil, or no soil at all, container gardening can be a way to create the edible garden your landscape wouldn’t otherwise allow you — all within steps of...
8 Last-Minute Additions to a Summer Edible Garden
If that beautiful garden you dreamed of planting in January is still a bare patch of ground in the hot July sun, don’t despair. While gardening articles and books generally recommend spring planting for summer vegetables — the standard caveat of...
Summer Crops: How to Grow Beans
Green beans are probably one of the most readily available vegetables at the grocery store. So why grow your own? First, they’re easy and quick to produce, making them a good choice for a beginning gardener. Second, and probably more important, growing...
Attract Hummingbirds and Bees With These Beautiful Summer Flowers
Landscapes sustain us by giving us food to eat, air to breathe and space to live in — let's repay the favor. When choosing what we plant, it's important to respect our natural landscapes and the wildlife they support. Sustainable garden practices teach...
Summer Crops: How to Grow Sunflowers
Summer and sunflowers are a natural pairing. A row of sunflowers marking the end of a summer vegetable garden is a classic look that has the added advantage of attracting butterflies and birds....
Herb Garden Essentials: How to Grow Basil
Basil, native to Asia, has become a seasoning staple in cuisines around the world. The familiar and fragrant sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) is grown as a summer annual that generally reaches about 2 feet tall. Even if you’re already...
Summer Crops: How to Grow Tomatoes
There’s no contest: Homegrown tomatoes, freshly picked, taste best. Given that, including them in a summer vegetable garden is a no-brainer. The next question is, which one to grow? There are tomatoes for every region, from Alaska with its short summers...
Best Cutting-Garden Beauties for Late Summer
Late summer is prime time for casual potluck dinner parties on the patio or screened porch. When guests are coming over, I like to make decorative arrangements using whatever's blooming in my garden. When we're invited to other people's homes, I like...
6 Water-Wise Perennials for Blazing High-Altitude Summers
Keep your garden colorful and your soul refreshed during the long, hot days of summer with the beautiful blooms of these tough perennials. Gardening at high elevations — altitudes of 5,000 feet or more — presents a unique set of challenges....
How to Go Bold With Summer Garden Color
If you take a walk around your neighborhood on a summer afternoon, you'll find that some gardens stand out from the rest. Some gardeners get your attention by using bold colors that stand out in the harsh sunlight, while others take advantage of large-leaved...
6 Summer Edibles That Can Really Take the Heat
Whether you live in the tropics or are experiencing a heat wave in your climate, maintaining summer vegetable gardens can be challenging if you've chosen plants that prefer mild temperatures. These herbs and veggies, however, thrive in hot temperatures...
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